The Thrifty Kitchen: Cheesy Green Bean Soup

It’s green bean picking season in the garden. Our weather has also taken a “fall turn” recently. Fall gets me in the mood for soup! As I picked a long row of green beans last week, I remembered a recipe my mom made a lot when I was growing up. It’s just a simple, green […]

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The Thrifty Kitchen: Baked Mediterranean Chicken

This week I have found myself with a plethora of potatoes and tomatoes on hand. They are both fresh from the garden! I love to create new meals based on what’s in season. This week I made up what I am calling Baked Mediterranean Chicken. I hope you will give it a chance, and I […]

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The Thrifty Kitchen: What To Do With 30 Pounds of Tomatoes

What can a person do with 30 pounds of tomatoes? I found out today. I’m fortunate to have a grandfather who still raises a huge garden. I visited home last week, and on my way out of town, my grandpa told me to go pick the last of the tomatoes. I did; between that and […]

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Growing, Drying, and Selling Herbs

Today’s article is where the thrifty kitchen, the organic garden, and working from home collide. These three areas of life unite in the herb garden. I began growing herbs because it made so much sense; I cook with herbs, and I have a garden plot—so why wouldn’t I just grow my own? I started my […]

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Learning to Cook: Find a Mentor

My first year out of college, I blush to admit, I subsisted on things such as frozen fish sticks (I baked them, of course), and what I called, “grown up macaroni and cheese”—those box mixes that look sophisticated but are really still just dry noodles and powdered cheese. I have learned a few things over […]

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The Thrifty Kitchen: Beans, Beans, and More Beans

The thrifty kitchen revolves around beans. Beans are a fabulous source of protein which also happen to be cheap. If you’re willing to buy them dried and take the extra step of soaking them overnight, they are really cheap. Beans were a revelation to me in early adulthood. I had never cared for them growing […]

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The Thrifty Kitchen: Garbanzo Tabouli

I was running behind—imagine that! I had more work to do than time to do it, yet I was starving! What’s a thrifty working mom to do? I invented Garbanzo Tabouli. This is a tangy, vegetarian dish. If you cook the grains ahead of time, you can make it and begin enjoying it in five […]

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